Definition of pull (or bring) a rabbit out of the (or a) hat in US English:

pull (or bring) a rabbit out of the (or a) hat

phrase

  • Do something unexpected but ingeniously effective in response to a problem.

    ‘everyone is waiting to see if the king can pull a rabbit out of the hat and announce a ceasefire’
    ‘the Finance Minister pulled a few rabbits out of the hat to balance the Budget last year’
    • ‘Like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, the President magically placed battlefield responsibility in the hands of the battle commanders.’
    • ‘A tall order, in particular for the seniors, but with victory at this level long overdue don't be at all surprised if the team pulls a rabbit out of the hat in the guise of a victory that would send us careering into the semi final.’
    • ‘You turn around, you got the victim's family right behind you waiting on you to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make it all good.’
    • ‘All musicians understand that even after years of musical scholarship, in the end, composing successfully is a lot like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.’
    • ‘But the man famed for his patience and perseverance as much as his ability to conjure up the unlikeliest of big name signings, says he still has time to pull a rabbit out of the hat.’
    • ‘The finance minister seems to have pulled a rabbit out of the hat - reducing the tax rate and keeping the fiscal deficit under check at the same time.’
    • ‘But anytime the Minister for Finance was in trouble, he usually pulled a rabbit out of the hat to ensure the books balanced close to what he had predicted on Budget Day.’
    • ‘As if pulling a rabbit out of a hat, a brand new state of the art television centre was being planned for west London.’
    • ‘We are striking with extreme reluctance and keeping our fingers crossed that somebody can pull a rabbit out of the hat to solve the problem.’
    • ‘Kind of like pulling a rabbit out of the hat, only with the Supreme Court.’